New York City College of Technology

MS 405: Microcomputer Operating Systems
Fall 2003, Section 2389

Required Texts


Saturday December 6, 2003
  • Call the main number for CityTech, 718-260-5000, to find out if the college is open and if classes are in session.
Wednesday November 12, 2003
  • Exam 3 (take-home), which is due Sat. 11/15/2003 at 9:00 AM, was emailed to all students on Sunday 11/9/2003.
    Important: If you have not already, please respond to that email immediately so that I have confirmation that you received the email and were able to print the exam.
    Thank you to those who've responded with their confirmation.

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Required Texts

Operating Systems: A Systematic View, Fifth Edition
William Davis, T.M. Rajkumar
Addison Wesley / Pearson, 2001
ISBN: 0-201-61257-7
70-218: MCSA Guide to Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network
Conan Kezema
Course Technology, 2002
ISBN: 0-619-13012-1

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For Saturday September 13, 2003
  • Read Chapters 1, 2 & 3 in the Operating Systems book.
  • eMail your resume to me by 10 PM Friday 9/12/2003.
  • Quiz #1 (covering chapters 1 & 2)
For Saturday September 20, 2003
  • Read Chapters 4 & 5 in the Operating Systems book.
  • Use ShieldsUp! to test the security of your personal computer.
    Remember to bring in printouts of your "before" and "after" results.
    Specifically, we want a list of which of your computer’s ports where “open” or “closed” and were you able to “Stealth” those ports. Use the "text summary."
  • Subscribe to the Langa List e-newsletter.
  • Download a template that you can use for your own Windows Notes. It already has some tips. Feel free to modify it in any way you see fit.
For Saturday September 27, 2003
  • No Class. College Closed.
For Saturday October 4, 2003
  • _
For Saturday October 11, 2003
  • Read Who's Responsible For Security Problems? from LangaList 2003-10-02 and Langa Letter: Enough Already: Microsoft Must Change Sept. 29, 2003
  • Read the Preface and Chapter 1 of MCSA Guide to Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network.
  • Answer the Review questions (25) on p. 24-28. They will be checked at the beginning of class.
For Saturday October 18, 2003
  • Exam #2 in the A.M.:
    • In the OS book, chaps. 3 & 4,
    • In MCSA Windows 2000 book, Chap. 1,
    • OSI Model (Name all 7 layers. Identify the layers that typical network devices and software function.
      Hint: All People Seem To Need Data Processing)
    • IP Address Classes: (IP address ranges and Subnet masks for each class)
  • The 2nd half of class (12:30 to 3:12 PM) has been cancelled.
For Saturday October 25, 2003
  • Read Chapter 2 & 3 in the MSCA Guide to Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network.
  • Answer the review questions at the end of chapter 2 and chapter 3.
For Saturday November 1, 2003
  • Due at the start of class: Your answers to the review questions for chapters 1, 2 and 3 in the MSCA Guide to Managing a Microsoft Windows 2000 Network.
    You will only get full credit for each chapter's answers at the beginning of class.
For Saturday November 8, 2003
  • Exam #3A
For Saturday November 15, 2003
  • Exam 3B (take-home) is due at 9:00 AM.
    (Exam 3B was emailed to all students on 11/9/2003. Contact me immediately if you have not received the exam.)
  • Installation Log is due at the end of class.
For Saturday November 22, 2003
  • Submit answers, at the beginning of class, to the following questions:
    • What is a "batch" file (.bat)?
    • What is a "logon script."
    • Where is the logon script located? Specify the local hard disc drive directory and the shared directory name.
    • Where would you specify the logon script for a user?

  • Bring in a blank CD-R so that I can make a copy of the evaluation version of Windows 2000 Server for you to keep.
For Saturday November 29, 2003
  • No Class
For Saturday December 6, 2003
  • Read: How The Internet Works
  • Read: Setting Up the Domain Name System for Active Directory
  • What we did in class today (12/6/2003):
    • Set a static IP address on each server
    • Downloaded and installed WinZip 8.1 SR-1.
    • Downloaded and installed ActivePorts
    • Installed and Configured the DNS Server:
      (Added Forward lookup zone, added reverse lookup zone, etc. )
    • Installed Active Directory by using DCPromo (Active Directory Installation Wizard)
    • Used NetDiag and DCDiag to check & troubleshoot DNS & Active Directory.
For Saturday December 13, 2003
  • Read Best Practice Active Directory Design for Managing Windows Networks.
  • Bring in a blank CD-R so that you can get a copy of the Windows 2000 Service Pack 4 Network Installation (129 MB's).
  • Completed Installation Log must be emailed to me by 9PM 12/13/2003.
    Must be a Microsoft Word document named, "MS405 Installation Log lastname.doc"
For Saturday December 20, 2003
  • Homework Assignment: (Due 9AM 12/20/2003) (.zip) (.pdf)
  • Final Exam:
    Covers: In the Admin. Windows 2000 book: Chap. 2, 3, 4 (p. 100-111, 117-121)
  • Read: Administering DHCP in Windows 2000 p. 266-278 (Chap. 7)
  • Read: Administering DNS in Windows 2000 p. 278-291 (Chap. 7)
  • Last Day of Class

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Recommended Websites
Webopedia - http://webopedia.com/
Online dictionary for computer and Internet terms.
Langa List - http://langa.com/newsletter.htm
Subscribe to an award winning, twice-a-week e-newsletter from noted computer author and editor Fred Langa. Each issue is packed with tips, tricks, and other useful and interesting information. Don't forget to check out the latest issue.
Zone Labs - http://zonelabs.com/
Personal firewall for Windows. Free version of ZoneAlarm is available.
Gibson Research Corp. http://grc.com/
Use ShieldsUp! to test the security of your computer's connection to the Internet. Also a good site to learn about firewalls and security.
SpyBot Search & Destroy - http://safer-networking.org/
Spybot - Search & Destroy can detect and remove spyware of different kinds from your computer. Spyware is a relatively new kind of threat that common anti-virus applications do not yet cover. If you see new toolbars in your Internet Explorer that you didn't intentionally install, if your browser crashes, or if you browser start page has changed without your knowing, you most probably have spyware. But even if you don't see anything, you may be infected, because more and more spyware is emerging that is silently tracking your surfing behaviour to create a marketing profile of you that will be sold to advertisement companies. Spybot-S&D is free, so there's no harm in trying to see if something snooped into your computer, too :) .
DSL Reports - http://dslreports.com/
Broadband industry news, ISP reviews, Speed tests, Forums.
WinZip - http://WinZip.com/
File compression. A must have, when uploading and downloading large files.
Microsoft Help & Support - http://support.microsoft.com/
Search the Knowledgebase.
PracticallyNetworked.com - http://practicallynetworked.com/
Networking Essentials, How to Guides, Product Reviews, Troubleshooting and Tutorials.
Microsoft TechNet: Security - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/security/
Security information for IT professionals
Daryl's TCP/IP Primer - http://tcpipprimer.com/
Designed to give the reader a reasonable working knowledge of TCP/IP subnetting, addressing, and routing. It is not intended to be complete, or to cover all issues. This is targeted toward LAN administrators just moving to TCP/IP, however it should help anyone who wants to know a little (more) about how TCP/IP works.
Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) http://www.microsoft.com/traincert/mcp/mcsa/
The Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) credential proves that you have the skills to successfully implement, manage, and troubleshoot the ongoing needs of Microsoft Windows 2000´┐Żbased operating environments
Best Practice Active Directory Design for Managing Windows Networks
A structured approach to Active Directory design makes enterprise-scale directory service deployment straightforward and easy to understand. This guide and its companion, Best Practice Active Directory Deployment for Managing Windows Networks, combine business and technical guidance to minimize the time and effort required to implement the Active Directory directory service.

This guide provides a step-by-step methodology based on best practices learned from customers that have already deployed Active Directory in their organizations. It provides all the tasks and decisions you need to develop an Active Directory design to manage Windows networks. The intended audience for this guide is the IT professional responsible for testing, piloting, and rolling out an Active Directory design.
ActivePorts - http://ntutility.com/freeware.html
A tool for Windows NT/2000/XP that enables you to monitor all open TCP and UDP ports on the local computer. Active Ports maps ports to the owning application so you can watch which process has opened which port. It also displays a local and remote IP address for each connection and allows you to terminate the owning process. Active Ports can help you to detect trojans and other malicious programs.
Ten common management mistakes: And how to avoid them... http://www.nwfusion.com/research/2003/0609mistakes.html
Your job is to keep the network up and running, so employees can work without interruption and so that you can get home at a reasonable hour. The problem is that things don't always go the way you want them to go. Some days just plain stink. There are many reasons, but we'll just stick to the 10 most commonly encountered network management potholes.
Microsoft plans Windows 2000 Server retirement -
Microsoft said it will gradually phase out its Windows 2000 Server family. Effective April 1, 2006, the products will no longer be available.

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System resources
Binary, decimal, hexadecimal (http://www.mikroelektronika.co.yu/english/books/B_Dodatak.htm)
More detailed coverage of numerical systems
Binary math (http://www.cut-the-knot.com/do_you_know/BinaryHistory.html)
More on binary system for curious people
PC components (http://www.pcguide.com/ref/index.htm)
Review of the computer hardware components : start with basics and learn more in-debth later
LAN definitions and related topics (http://webopedia.internet.com/TERM/l/local_area_network_LAN.html)
Client-Server vs. Peer-to-Peer (http://www.linksys.com/faqs/default.asp?fqid=17)
More on networking basics and types of networks
OSI model definition and overview (http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/O/OSI.html)
Network topologies (http://www.lad.co.za/topology.html)
Intro to LAN protocols from CISCO (http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/cisintwk/ito_doc/introlan.htm#xtocid3)

OS concepts
FAT internals (http://home.no.net/tkos/info/fat.html)
FAT structure (http://www.active-disk-wiper.com/wiper-file-allocation-table-FAT.htm)
NTFS structure (http://www.active-disk-wiper.com/wiper-understanding-file-system-ntfs.htm)

Windows NT Administration tips
Troubleshooting Windows NT domain logons (http://www.techrepublic.com/article_guest.jhtml?id=r00220010925ern01.htm&fromtm;=e005)

OS internals
Tips on Windows NT architecture (http://www.swynk.com/friends/renj/default.asp)
Renji's tips on Windows NT
Collection of resources (http://www.sysinternals.com/ntw2k/information.shtml)
A very helpful page for further study
Technical resources from Microsoft (http://www.microsoft.com/ntserver/techresources/default.asp)
Link to MS Windows NT server support site
FAQ about Windows NT and W2K (http://www.windows2000faq.com/)
Answers to FAQ's about Windows NT, 2000 and much more

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